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missing persons report had been made by the family.
But the police have no record of a missing persons report, which is why it took so long to identify Mr eger’s body.
It was discovered last ebruary by pig hunters just a few hundred metres from Scenic Drive in west Auckland.
Ms Hehepoto says she never stopped looking for her brother, who she says was reserved, but always willing to do little favours for her.
“He was different from the rest of us. He was happy-golucky when the time came to be, but he was always uiet and uite reserved. He was just himself.
“He was hardworking and responsible. He loved his motorbikes and cars.”
The family has held a funeral and burial for Mr
eger at Waikaraka Cemetery, where Ms Hehepoto and her children visit his grave regularly.
“It’s great for my kids, I talked about him to all of them. He was just a mystery to them but they know how important he was to me from the funeral.”
Detective sergeant Roger Small says it was tremendous to get a result on the case after such a long time.
“It looked like he might be buried as a John Doe for a while there.”
He says the reconstruction work of cardiologist Jonathan Christiansen was fantastic and led to family members coming forward to identify Mr eger.